David Mon­aghan founded the Bike Users’ Group at The Royal Bank of Scot­land HQ in Gog­a­r­burn

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“In 2013 I got enough peo­ple to­gether to get a ‘crit­i­cal mass’ and be­gin a bike users’ group - to­day we have nearly 750 mem­bers. “We have a weekly news­let­ter, on­line dis­cus­sion fo­rum and vis­its from bike me­chan­ics. I count the bikes in our bike store ev­ery week and use this data to sup­port ev­i­dence-based ne­go­ti­a­tions with our fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment team about what we need to pro­vide. This has led to us in­stalling more bike park­ing, a sec­ond set of male and fe­male chang­ing rooms with show­ers, plus a sec­ond dry­ing room. We’ve added sev­eral hun­dred more lock­ers, in­stalled a bike re­pair sta­tion and vis­i­tor bike park­ing, while the bank’s HR pol­icy has changed to cover ex­pense for busi­ness cy­cling. “The bank has also funded a pi­lot ‘pool bike’ scheme us­ing nextbike ( nextbike. co.uk) – we’re in the process of im­ple­ment­ing our own self-man­aged scheme with 15 up­cy­cled ex-Royal Mail bikes – through project bud­gets, in­no­va­tion bud­gets and en­vi­ron­men­tal bud­gets, ba­si­cally any­where that the per­son I was nag­ging could find the money! “Our CEO is an en­thu­si­as­tic cy­clist, and he lends his sup­port to events like the bank’s Lon­don to Ed­in­burgh rides and the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal ride we’re do­ing this year, both of which raise the pro­file of cy­cling among col­leagues. This win­ning com­bi­na­tion of data-based lob­by­ing on my part and open-minded sup­port from col­leagues in our fa­cil­i­ties team, HR and else­where has given us out­stand­ing pro­vi­sion for peo­ple who ride their bikes. To­gether it’s re­duced pres­sure on the lim­ited car park­ing on site and led to phys­i­cal and men­tal health and well­be­ing ben­e­fits for group users. It’s also led to Cy­cling Scot­land award­ing us a Cy­cle Friendly Em­ployer cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. This gave the im­pe­tus to get the fi­nal few tweaks to the fa­cil­i­ties to take things from just good to re­ally great.”

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